6S Audit Checklist

The 6S Lean Audit Form is used to ensure compliance with all the 6 steps of a Lean process: Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain, and Safety. Following these steps increases efficiency, reduces waste, and improves process quality.

6S Audit Checklist



Sort (Get Rid Of What's Not Needed)

1. Unnecessary items have been removed from the area (furniture, storage, things on walls…)


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2. Any incomplete work has been completed or removed to be resolved separately


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3. A red tag area is used to hold items requiring decisions (no item more than 7 days old)


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4. Work surfaces, drawers and storage areas do not have items in or on them that don't belong


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Set In Order To Flow (Straighten)

1. All work surfaces, storage areas and equipment are clearly marked and well organized


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2. Locations and containers for items and supplies are clearly marked


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3. Incomplete work or items requiring special attention are separated and clearly marked


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4. Standard information boards have been established (for measurement and management info.)


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Shine (Clean And Solve)

1. Floors, work surfaces, equipment and storage areas are clean (including the corners!)


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2. Garbage and recyclables are collected and disposed of correctly


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3. Work environment is good (air quality, temperature, humidity, lighting, dust, fumes, floors...)


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4. When the clean-up actives expose a problem, it is promptly solved and corrective action taken


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Safety (Make It Safe)

1. Required safety information is posted (Material Safety Data Sheets, Lockout-Tagout, Exits...)


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2. Fire extinguishers, exits and other emergency equipment are clearly marked and functional


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3. Basic job skills training has been done (safety and quality pointers are posted and understood)


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4. Unsafe conditions are promptly resolved (including any place where injury could occur...)


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Standardize (Tasks)

1. Roles are identified for keeping the area clean and orderly


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2. Standard tasks related to cleaning and organizing are defined


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3. It is obvious through visual management tools whether tasks have been done


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4. This standardization is accomplished without any paperwork


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Sustain (Keep It Up)

1. Posted Standard Work is being followed


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2. Standard cleaning and work procedures are being followed


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3. Documents and instructions are current


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4. Standard information boards are being used and have current, relevant information


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5. Work area is clean, neat and orderly with no serious unsafe conditions observed


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